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Task 3: Consideration of Alternatives

The Growth Scenarios Report is part of Portland’s Comprehensive Plan Update project and a required element of state-mandated Periodic Review. The report describes the environmental, social, economic and energy consequences of expected development in Portland through the year 2035, per Metro forecasts. The Scenarios Report estimates the impact of residential, industrial, commercial and transportation development allowed by the proposed Comprehensive Plan Map.

An earlier version of this report (published in May 2013) examined four alternative development patterns. This updated report analyzes the preferred pattern: focusing growth in centers and corridors. This approach is consistent with the proposed Urban Design Framework and will be implemented through the proposed Comprehensive Plan Map.

The analysis of this growth strategy is based on the Portland Plan “measures of success” adopted by City Council in 2012. It also incorporates future infrastructure investments identified in the Transportation System Plans and Citywide Systems Plan. The Growth Scenarios Report will be adopted as an official Comprehensive Plan supporting document.